Cast: Kalyanram, Vedika, Saikumar, Jayasudha, Suman, Paruchuri Gopalakrishna, Srinivasa Reddy, Rajan P. Dev, Brahmanandam, Suman Shetty and Others. Action: Stun Shiva. Art: Nagendra. Cinematography: C. Ramprasad. Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers. Editing: Nandamuri Hari. Music: Srikanth Deva. Story: Perarasu. Screenplay & Director: V. Samudra. Producer: Edara Rangarao. Banner: Sai Sarvajit Movies. Release Date: 21st September, 2007.
A guy living the life of an orphan. But with a background, a flashback, a history, whatever. Then comes outsmarting the villain. That's Vijayadasami. Now if you think you've heard this story before, then you must have. It is the case of old wine, new (?) bottle. The first half falls flat on its face, but the second half picks up pace. The movie has all the elements of a Masala potboiler, but lacks freshness. And the heavy Tamil influence is evident in the movie, which is a remake of the Tamil movie Sivakasi starring Vijay and Asin.
Plot Sivakasi lives alone, bashes up random goondas and runs a welding shop. He and Devi fall in love, but Devi's family wants a guy with a family for her. He reveals to them that he is in fact from a seemly background, and sets out to his ancestral home. As a child, a mischief that his elder brother did cost someone their life-and he had to take the blame for that. Banished from his household, he sets foot in his village 15 years later to a drastically different situation.
Story, Screenplay and Direction The first half and the 'romance' between Sivakasi and Devi is ridiculous. Moral of first half: If a guy tells a girl that she needs to cover herself up with a Langa Voni, then she will fall in love with him. If he is rude to her, and she comes to his house with a bridal attire to 'give' herself to him, he will fall for her. Points noted.
Now after this inane angle comes the brief flashback. This too doesn't comply perfectly with logical arguments, but then we wait for the second half. A long line of recent flicks have the second half on similar lines: from Gudumba Shankar, Aata (which is secretly a remake of Gudumba Shankar) and several others.
The second half has some entertaining parts to it. Some of the instances are there for the sake of the movie's progress and negate reason. The female lead's part is badly written and ignored for the most part. Saikumar is a villain, who generates some laughs whenever he is outsmarted.
Performances Kalyanram is a promising talent, no doubt. With 'Athanokkade', he arrived. And after that, the only improvement is in his dancing, but he's still a little stiff. Good energy, good looks-needs good roles. Saikumar makes a good villain. He dominates in the second half. Vedika is pretty, dances well and does a good job in the little screen time she gets. Jayasudha and Suman suit their roles as does Mounika as their daughter. Lakshmipathi as the MLA's stooge is good. Rajan P. Dev as Saikumar's father-in-law is typical.
Song and Dance The background score vibrates with energy, but is a little too loud. The first song 'Raara Raara' and the last song 'Are Kalyana' are peppy. Simran's special song [Cine Tara] is good.
Last Word Many movies have come out in this format. On its own, the movie lacks any special appeal. The first half is bad. The second half has some entertaining parts. Overall, old wine in a rather rusty old bottle.